About Colin Bell

Colin Bell has been in the painting and decorating business since leaving school. He served his apprenticeship and obtained his City & Guilds qualification before setting up his own decorating business in Newcastle. During that time he worked on both domestic and commercial jobs including hanging wallpaper and creating specialised paint effects in pubs and restaurants around Newcastle City centre.

In 1993 he decided to take time out from his trade and went to work as a chalet host in a ski resort in France. However, he soon realised that there was a gap in the market there for good English-speaking tradesmen and went back ”on the tools”. During his 13 years in the Alps he painted some of the finest chalets in the best ski resorts.

In 2006 he decided to move to the warmer climate of Southwest France and chose the Lot for its beautiful stone buildings. Since setting up again in business here he has worked for a wide variety of customers, many of whom have since become friends.

His wife Ali who is a Chartered Accountant takes care of the administrative side of the business leaving Colin to concentrate on what he does best.

Should the need arise, Colin can also call on his stepson Lee who is also a self-employed painter and has worked with him on and off since starting as Colins apprentice in Newcastle.

Together we make up the team of www.paintersinthelot.com

Below are just a few reasons why you should choose Colin for your painting and decorating work:

He will provide a detailed written quote within a short time of his initial visit

He will always tell you when he can start and finish the job and, most importantly, keep to his schedule.

He only uses good quality materials to minimise labour costs and ensure the job lasts.

He has a good knowledge of paint products available in France and which product is best for which job

His prices are very competitive

He will protect any furniture etc. to ensure peace of mind. business leaving Colin to concentrate on what he does best.